What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?
Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is the level of academic
standing (as defined the college or university) that a student must
maintain to continue receiving federal student aid.
- SAP is sometimes calculated in terms of your grade point
average (GPA) or other grading standard, by attendance records and
class completion rate.
- SAP also establishes a maximum time frame to complete your
certificate, diploma or degree. The maximum time frame must not
exceed 150 percent (or time and one-half) of the published program
- Check your college or university's website, financial aid
materials or student handbook to determine the SAP standards you
must meet at your college or university. Make sure that you
understand what is expected of you when you accept the award. Don't
wait until it is too late to ask questions and you've lost your